About MEC

The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) is the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Foundation’s designated program to develop and deliver accurate and timely K-12 education materials and activities and conduct public awareness outreach about mining and minerals. The MEC is the successor entity of the Mineral Information Institute (Mii) which was merged with SME as of November 1, 2008 and SME’s Government, Education and Mining (GEM) program.

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Mission
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MEC Staff
Minerals Education Coalition Committee
MEC Sub-Committees
MEC Awards
MEC Programs and Activities
MEC Supporters
Donate to the MEC
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VISION

The Minerals Education Coalition will succeed in generating an enlightened and supportive public that appreciates the importance of mining and minerals to their lives and to their lifestyles.


MISSION

The Minerals Education Coalition’s mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities and to inform and educate the general public about the importance of mining in their everyday lives.


AUDIENCES

Several distinct, yet equally important groups are the targeted audiences for the activities of MEC, specifically:

  • K-12 students who are the consumers of the future and potential employees of the mining industry;
  • Teachers of K-12 students who will provide the knowledge and skills needed to provide factual and meaningful instruction and experiences for youth;
  • SME members in Sections who locally provide accurate and relevant educational activities for K-12 students and the general public; and,
  • The general public who are the beneficiaries of mining and minerals in their daily lives.

MEC PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Identify and develop factual and relevant K-12 curriculum and supplemental materials about mining and minerals.
  • Provide MEC’s and other MEC endorsed factual and relevant K-12 curriculum and materials about mining and minerals to teachers and other educators. These may be free of charge and/or sold at reasonable cost.
  • Conduct workshops, webinars, conferences, etc. to train educators and others interested in mining and minerals education on the use of MEC curriculum and materials.
  • Provide educational materials to SME members through SME Sections’ MEC Committees for their use in community settings.
  • Provide materials and support for SME Student Chapters to conduct K-12 and public awareness outreach.
  • Conduct a session at the SME Annual Meeting to introduce SME members about available K-12 and public outreach activities and materials about mining and minerals.
  • Encourage exchanges of successful practices among MEC Section Committees using the MEC Community on the SME website, in publications and at SME meetings and conferences.
  • Solicit best practices in K-12 mining and minerals education which will be featured as linked resources on the MEC website.
  • Serve as a resource by identifying and linking all appropriate resource providers of K-12 mining and minerals education on the MEC website.
  • Maintain a vibrant and informational website for use by various constituencies (i.e., students, teachers, other educators, general public, elected officials, corporations, foundations, SME members, etc.)
  • Report the usage of MEC’s programs and activities and their effectiveness.
  • Conduct periodic sample surveys of students’, educators’ and the general public’s knowledge and attitudes about mining and the importance of minerals (based on those who are in contact with the MEC and/or the beneficiaries of products and activities of the MEC).
  • Maintain an accurate database of individuals and organizations purchasing MEC materials, attending trainings and programs, and accessing the website.
  • Analyze, use and report data to determine best uses of the MEC’s limited resources.
  • Maintain and enhance existing relationships with other groups and agencies as well as identify, cultivate and sustain new organizational relationships.

    MINERALS EDUCATION COALITION STAFF

    SME FOUNDATION MANAGER
    AnnMarie Estrada
    Direct Line: (303) 948 – 4239
    estrada@smenet.org

    CURRICULUM COORDINATOR
    Rebecca Smith
    Direct Line: (303) 948 – 4263
    smith@smenet.org

    OUTREACH COORDINATOR
    Tanya Kriss
    Direct Line: (303) 948 – 4221
    kriss@smenet.org

    STORE PURCHASES
    Customer Service
    Direct Line: (303) 948 – 4200
    Toll Free: (800) 763-3132

    MEC ADDRESS
    Minerals Education Coalition
    12999 E Adam Aircraft Circle
    Englewood, CO 80112
    U.S.A.

    MEC PHONE #S
    Main Number: (303) 948 – 4200
    Toll Free Number: (800) 763 – 3132
    Fax Number: (303) 948 – 4265

    MEC E-MAIL:
    MEC@smenet.org

    WEBSITE
    www.MineralsEducationCoalition.org


    MINERALS EDUCATION COALITION COMMITTEE

    The Minerals Education Coalition Committee, of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration’s Foundation (SMEF) is comprised of SME members with a commitment to actively participating in fulfilling the MEC’s mission. The Committee provides the MEC with leadership, guidance and coordination with other SMEF Committees and assists with fundraising and public outreach as appropriate on behalf of the MEC.


    MEC SUB-COMMITTEES

    The Membership Nomination Sub-Committee is to identify potential candidates and accept nominations of SME members to serve on the MEC Committee.

    The MEC Officer Nomination Sub-Committee is to identify potential candidates and accept nominations for Vice Chair of the Committee from within Committee membership.

    The MEC Awards Nomination Sub-Committee is for the purpose of reviewing Award nominations received, consulting with the SME Foundation Board of Trustees and SME staff in the selection process, and documenting the justification of individuals selected to receive MEC awards.


    MEC AWARDS

    The Minerals Education Coalition will recognize outstanding individuals and organizations which have significantly aided in its activities and programs. The MEC Awards and the awardees are:

    MEC Leadership Award is to honor an individual SME member who has provided leadership to advance the mission of the MEC and has personally been involved in the delivery of its programs and/or activities.

    2016 | Corie Ekholm
    2015 | Ken Reid
    2014 | Angie Harmon

    2013 | Julie Lucas
    2012 | Richard Beach

    MEC SME Organization Recognition Award pays tribute to an SME group effort which has demonstrated active involvement with the MEC’s efforts either through development and use of educational materials with K-12 teachers and students or public outreach and awareness about mining and minerals.

    2016 | SME Colorado Section
    2015 | SME Pittsburgh Section
    2014 | SME Florida Section

    2013 | SME Minnesota Section
    2012 | No award made

    MEC SME Student Chapter Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of a SME Student Chapter on a college campus and their faculty and industry advisors for their accomplishments in community outreach and mining/mineral education to serve the mission of the MEC.

    2016 | University of Kentucky
    2015 | University of San Marcos (Lima, Peru)
    2014 | University of Arizona

    2013 | University of Arizona
    2012 | University of Kentucky

    MEC Partnership Appreciation Award acknowledges a non-SME individual or organization which has exemplified support for the MEC’s mission either through development and use of educational materials with K-12 teachers and students or public outreach and awareness about mining and minerals.

    2016 | Amautas Mineros Association, Peru
    2015 | Daphne LaPointe, NV Bureau of Mines
    2014 | Paradise Valley Unified School District’s MineZone Program, Directory Michael Linn

    2013 | Women in Mining Education Foundation
    2012 | Mining Foundation of the Southwest

    For additional information about MEC Awards’ criteria and to submit a nomination for any category, click here.


    MEC’S FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS

    Financial support for the MEC’s educational and awareness programs and activities come from a variety of individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations either by donations or grants. All revenue designated for the MEC is used to support the development and dissemination of free educational resources and low-cost supplemental materials.


    DONATE TO THE MEC

    The Minerals Education Coalition is able to supply free or very low-cost education materials due to the generosity of our supporters. Our annual outreach on the MEC website, at conferences, in publications, at schools, at professional meetings, in community sites, and many other locations is made possible by those listed in the section above. Your donation will allow us to continue to reach nearly 50,000 teachers in our database and through their efforts hundreds of thousands of students to understand that mining and minerals are critical to our everyday lives and lifestyles.

    To donate to the MEC, visit our Donations page.


    VOLUNTEER FOR THE MEC

    We invite teachers, geologists, engineers, and others involved with either K-12 education or in the minerals and mining industry to help us develop and review new materials and promote them in the community. Whatever your talent, location or available time, the MEC might have a volunteer opportunity for you! We need people who are knowledgeable and excited about helping youth and adults learn about minerals and mining in today’s changing world.

    If you are interested in volunteering for a curriculum-related project, please contact MEC Curriculum Coordinator, Rebecca Smith, at smith@smenet.org.

    If you are interested in volunteering for an outreach program such as staffing a MEC booth at a conference or working with local community efforts on behalf of MEC, please contact our MEC Outreach Coordinator, Tanya Kriss, at kriss@smenet.org.